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Joshua Mormann


Middleboro, MA | Member Since 2007

  • 2 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 327 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • The As If Principle: The Radically New Approach to Changing Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard Wiseman
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister

    Victorian philosopher William James had a theory about emotion and behavior: It isn’t that our feelings guide our actions (feel happy and you will laugh). On the contrary, it is our actions that guide our emotions (laugh and you will feel happy). This led James to a remarkable conclusion: "If you want a quality, act as if you already have it." Roused by James’s astonishing discovery, renowned psychologist and best-selling author Richard Wiseman confirms James’s principle and shows how the self-help genre has for too long put the cart before the horse in trying to help us take control of our lives.

    Joshua Mormann says: "Practical, Scientific, Witty"
    "Practical, Scientific, Witty"
    Would you listen to The As If Principle again? Why?

    I will be listening to The As If Principle again, because not only is the science behind the principle, and the practical advice worth another listen, to further incorporate, internalize, and solidify my understanding, but Ralph Lister is just fun to listen to.

    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about The As If Principle, is how quickly and easily I could put it to work in my life. What's interesting, is that while many of the techniques, Wiseman teaches periodically throughout the book, have been taught before, it is the science that Wiseman explains, to back it all up, that makes it so effective, for me.The research examples, prove to me intellectually how sound the science is, and remove the doubt and dismissal that had previously prevented me from applying these kinds of techniques in my life.The techniques are so effective, and so simple that I am surprised more of humanity hasn't figured it out already. Some of the advice Wiseman points out, is actually so common in our society, that we ignore it, but much to our detriment. I won't ignore advice that intends to employ the As If Principle, ever again. This is the best self-improvement book I've listened to in a long time.

    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    Quick, fun, British. Any book that I don't have to play back at 2x is worth recommending. Ordinarily I have to play a book back at 2x just to keep from losing focus. My mind will wander out of boredom with most books, if I don't crank up the speed. Not so with Ralph Lister. I will see what else he's narrated, because I enjoyed listening to him read The As If Principle so much.

    What did you learn from The As If Principle that you would use in your daily life?

    "Keep your chin up" is literally, perhaps the best advice anyone can ever give or receive. Do it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What You Need to Know About: Project Management

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Fergus O'Connell
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Become a master of project management! This book will help you to learn to define projects, be it at home or at work, and will explain how to make them happen. Start to plan, budget, and execute your projects and learn which behaviours to adopt in order to be a good project manager.

    Joshua Mormann says: "Good Book, in a Great Series. Perfect Performance."
    "Good Book, in a Great Series. Perfect Performance."

    The "What You Need to Know About:" Series is what "For Dummies" "Idiot's Guide" books should have been. All the introductory guidance to get you started, but none of the embarrassment, or insult.

    This one on Project Management is a near perfect primer on the otherwise terribly complicated world of Project Management (try Googling it, you'll never know where to start). It is also a well rounded introduction to best practices. The references to additional resources are excellent, and are mentioned throughout where applicable.

    Anyone who wants to become a project manager professionally, should start here, even if only to get cleared up on the jargon, and vernacular first. Anyone looking to actually get things done more effectively, by managing their own projects with less confusion in their lives, may need go no further than this book.

    Colin Mace's delivery is superb. I could listen to his reading all day.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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